Thursday, 6 September 2007

Miss Cohen is a (somewhat) good dog

Last night Cohen reached a turning point. She faced the ultimate test.

First, a little explanation. We went out for a nice long walk through the park after dark, it was cool and lovely and there were tons of people out and about. On the sidewalk she is pretty good, pretty focused. Unless she sees someone jogging, or riding a bike, or with a dog. But luckily I manage to keep her under control when this happens. When she gets to the park, however, she always has a sudden burst of complete madness, she leaps forward and her body shakes and she just can’t believe she’s actually at the park. She wants to run uncontrollably and play with the other dogs and go insane.

It was at about this point in the walk that the unthinkable happened. Here we were, steps from the park, her tail wagging and my arm sore from her trying to drag me across the grass. And my hand slipped. The leash was no longer in my grasp. She was free.

To set the scene, there were approximately 76297456 people around. Walking. Riding bikes. One guy was on a scooter. Dogs. Buses. Cars. Kids. Pretty much every possible thing that normally distracts her.

I stood there terrified, silent, afraid to chase her. I just stood, trying to think of what to do. She leapt forward a few paces, her leash dragging behind her. And just when I expected to see her for the very last time, a miracle happened. She turned around to look at me, and a flash of panic came across her face, and she ran right back at me, and laid at my feet. It was a pretty proud moment for me, I must say. And of course, she was then showered with treats, and continued through the park dragging me along in her dog version of a sugar high.


In other news, how cute are our kittens?


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